I’m back from Nairobi with a Kenyan name. I’m Nyawera, woman who works hard. Kenyan women can see who you truly are so easily! And they continue to make me feel valued and blessed. It was another fabulous trip (#8). I did much of the same work I love doing here and made new friends and connections that mean even more possibilities weblink. See the WSWI blog post for the details.
A recurring theme throughout this 2016 visit was the reaction to the election of Trump. Kenyans can’t believe it happened and see it as the beginning of an unraveling of the accomplishments of their native son. Most interestingly, they apparently see (as I do) the parallels of corruption, a growing wealth gap, a broken education system, and politically disengaged youth. In both countries, money governs, the poor and marginalized are kept where they are, and too many young people believe their vote won’t make a difference. I had the opportunity to hear Angela Davis speak on December 9 after my return and received her new book. I haven’t read it yet, but I like the title: Freedom is a Constant Struggle. Wake up everybody!